It is very important to determine the condition of your brake pads. Brake pads typically come with a warranty, sometimes a lifetime warranty, but more commonly, it will be a warranty based on mileage, such as a 10,000 mile warranty. A lifetime warranty isn’t meant to last a car’s lifetime. Automotive part manufacturers use this terminology because brake pads do last a long time, but most car owners will trade in a car and purchase a new one long before their brake pads need to be replaced. Regardless of how you say it, it’s important to listen to your car instead. When you apply the brakes, you can hear the sounds of a worn brake pad. If you hear a grinding noise or a squeak, it is time to replace the brake pads, regardless of the mileage.
The condition of the brake rotors also needs to be determined. Automotive brake rotors, or brake discs, are what your vehicle’s brake pads clamp down on and stop the wheels from spinning. Similar to brake pads, there are different types of rotors. The type of rotor used depends on your car and your driving needs.
Unlike brake pads, rotors do not need to be changed on a regular basis, and should last indefinitely, if you provide regular maintenance routines on your automobile. Rotors will be damaged if you allow your brake pads to wear down and drive without the use of pads for an extended period of time. The grinding noise you begin to hear from the brake pads is a sign that the screws in the base of the brake pads are grinding into the groove of your rotor. The longer you allow it to continue to grind, the greater your chance of having to replace your rotors.
If you want to keep your automotive brakes in top condition, have them checked and replaced on a regular basis.
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